Austrians having cut off two thousand Prussians, in a retreat; but on Sunday came news of the great victory which the latter have gained, killing six, and taking two thousand Austrians prisonersfl, and that Prince Charles6 is retired to Vienna wounded. This will but too much confirm the Dutch in their apprehensions of Prussia.
As to the long letter you wrote me, in answer to a very particular one of mine, I cannot explain myself, till I find a safer conveyance than the post, by which, I perceive, all our letters are opened. I can only tell you, that in most things you guessed right; and that as to myself7 all is quiet.
I am in great concern, for you seem not satisfied with the boy we sent you. Your brother entirely agreed with me, that he was what you seemed to describe; and as to his being on the foot of a servant, I give you my honour I repeated it over and over to his mother. I suppose her folly was afraid of shocking him. As to Italian, she assured me he had been learning it some time. If he does not answer your purpose, let me know if you can dispose of him. any other way, and I will try to accommodate you better. Your brother has this moment been here, but there was no letter for me ; at least, none that they will deliver yet.
I know not in the least how to advise Mr. Jackson8. I do not think Mr. Pelham the proper person to apply to ; for the Duke of Newcastle is as jealous of him as of anybody. Don't say this to him. For Lord Hervey, though Mr. Jackson has interest there, I would not advise him to try it, for both
forces remained inactive in Flanders throughout the campaign.
5 On May 17, 1742, the King of Prussia defeated Prince Charles of Lorraine with considerable loss at Czaslau (or Chotusitz) in Bohemia.
0 Charles Alexander of Lorraine (1712-1780), Governor-General of the Netherlands, Grand Master of the Teutonic Order; son of Leopold I, Bake of Lorraine, by Elizabeth Char-
lotte, daughter of the Duke of Orleans, and brother of Francis of Lorraine, Q-rand Duke of Tuscany (the husband of Maria Theresa).
7 This relates to some differences between Mr. Walpole and his father, to which tne former had alluded in one of his letters. Dover.
8 He had been Consul at Genoa. Walpole,